Israel Facing A New Middle East In Search Of A National Security Strategy

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Israel Facing a New Middle East, by Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun

The Hoover Institution Press released Israel Facing a New Middle East, which examines the evolution of Israel's national security, military doctrine, and policies in light of today's challenges and changes in the Middle East. 

Israel Facing a New Middle East, by Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun

“A clear, concise examination of the evolution of Israeli national security doctrine and a thought-provoking discussion of the challenges and prospects for the future,” stated General (ret.) David Petraeus, commander of the surge in Iraq (2007–8), US Central Command (2008–10), and coalition forces in Afghanistan (2010–11) and director of the CIA (2011–12).

In Israel Facing a New Middle East, Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun describe how, despite the absence of a full-fledged formal grand strategy and structural and political obstacles, Israel has done fairly well in decades of war and conflict. They show how the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has played the most effective role in formulating and executing an expanded version of its mission. With an emphasis on two key periods—the years 1979 to 1982 (and their subsequent impact) and the current Middle Eastern turmoil—they review national security strategy, the cabinet level’s national security policy, and the IDF military strategy.

About the Authors

Itamar Rabinovich is the president of the Israel Institute and vice chair of the Institute of National Security Studies affiliated with Tel Aviv University.  He served as Israel’s ambassador to Washington and president of Tel Aviv University.

Brigadier General Itai Brun is the former head of Analysis Division, Directorate of Military Intelligence, of the Israel Defense Forces. His book Intelligence Analysis: Understanding Reality in Times of Dramatic Changes was recently published in Hebrew.

About the Hoover Institution: The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library & Archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity and secure and safeguard peace for America and all mankind.

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